Moore has come under increasing pressure from GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to step aside prior to the December 12 special election in Alabama. Susan Collins, who in a statement on Twitter Monday said she "did not find Moore's denials to be convincing".
Nelson said she first met Moore when she was 15 and he was a regular at the restaurant where she worked.
When asked if Republicans are encouraging a write-in campaign for another GOP candidate, McConnell said it's "an option we're looking at, whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in campaign successfully". Luther Strange, the loser to Moore in a party primary, he said, "We'll see".
Moore told political supporters Sunday that last week's Post report was "fake news" and "a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign". "I did not respond to any of Mr. Moore's flirtatious behavior". Asked if odd might be a candidate again, he said "We'll see".
But Nelson noted that she and her husband supported Donald Trump for president and said the timing of her allegations were not motivated by politics but by the four "brave" women who spoke to The Washington Post. He added, "We do not plan to let anybody deter us from this race". "I've been investigated more than any other person in the country", he said, adding, "That these grown women would wait 40 years to come forward right now before an election to bring charges is absolutely unbelievable".
A Democratic win in Alabama would be a blow to Trump's agenda and shift the political outlook for next year's midterm elections, giving Democrats a shot at gaining the three seats they need to recapture control of the U.S. Senate.
Breitbart News chairman Stephen K. Bannon appears at a rally September 25 for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in Fairhope, Ala.
Moore is an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge. But Moore could well ignore it since he has routinely ridiculed McConnell's performance as the Senate Republican leader and rebuffed calls from other prominent Republicans to drop out of the race. Losing the special election to a Democrat would imperil Republicans' already slim 52-48 majority.
Aside from McConnell, other Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and two former Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain of Arizona, have called for Moore to end his candidacy or revoked their past endorsements. "Because there are groups that don't want me in the United States Senate", he said, naming the Democratic Party and the Republican establishment and accusing them of working together.
Even if Moore were to step aside, his name would likely remain on the ballot.